Shaking Foundations: Advanced Summer School for Graduate Students in Jewish Studies

Katz LogoJune 19-23, 2016 at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, UPenn

Whether in response to change or in pursuit of it, Jews have engaged in a perpetual process of creating, rebelling against, and transforming foundational texts, institutions, and ideas. Likewise, modern research has challenged traditional understandings of Jewish texts, recast the histories of formative events and people, and questioned fundamental ideas and beliefs.

These two complementary themes are the subject of Shaking Foundations, an intensive, week-long program for graduate students in all areas of Jewish studies. Faculty from Israel, Europe, and the United States will employ a variety of disciplinary approaches (literature, history, anthropology, legal studies, philosophy, etc.) as the group investigates moments of disruption in Jewish life and thought.

Shaking Foundations will bring graduate students together in a small group for an immersive experience in interdisciplinary Jewish studies, exposing them to innovative scholarship, broadening their intellectual perspectives, and allowing them to engage with internationally recognized scholars as well as their peers from around the world. It will also include opportunities for professional development, a visit to the Katz Center’s rare book room to learn about the extraordinary Judaica collection housed there, and directed excursions in the historic center of Philadelphia, where the Katz Center is located.

This program is offered at no cost, including all excursions and most meals. Fellowships to cover transportation and lodging are available for students who do not have applicable funding from their home institutions.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2016